Seattle Mariners Minor League Report - July 12th
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TACOMA RAINIERS - The Rainiers have suffered losses in four straight games and in six of their last seven overall, and now have just a three-game lead over second-place Edmonton in the Pacific Coast League's Northern Division standings. Despite the team's recent struggles, Brian Moon, Greg Dobbs and Elpidio Guzman had solid weeks, batting .417, .368 and .345, respectively. Bucky Jacobsen led the team in both home runs (two) and RBI (seven), but has just four hits in his last 24 at-bats and has struck out a club-high 10 times over that span. Ramon Santiago is also having a tough time at the plate these days, collecting a mere four hits in his last 23 at-bats, while Luis Ugueto is just two for his last 25. As for the Tacoma pitching staff, both Craig Anderson and Clint Nageotte went 0-2 for the week, allowing a combined 21 earned runs on 38 hits in just 21 innings of work. SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS - Losses in two of their last three games have the first-place Missions clinging to a three-game lead in the Texas League's West Division standings. San Antonio got solid play this past week from John Lindsey who has 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats and has scored a team-high seven runs. He also hit the Missions' only long ball of the week. Hunter Brown hit .320 for the week, while Michael Morse hit .308. Two guys really struggling of late are Ryan Christianson (4-for-23) and Eriberto Menchaca (4- for-22). Luis Oliveros is hitless in his last 15 plate appearances. Relief pitcher Renee Cortez was called on four times in the last week, but went 0-2 in allowing five earned runs on nine hits in a combined 3 2/3 innings of work. Emiliano Fruto also had a tough week, yielding four runs on six hits in a combined 3 1/3 innings over two outings. Jared Thomas was highly effective in three relief appearances, permitting just one run in four innings. INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS - Despite splitting their last six games, the 66ers are just 2 1/2 games out of first place in the California League's South Division. The team stopped a brief two-game slide with a 4-3 win over first-place Lancaster on July 11th, earning a split of its four-game set against the first-half champs. Josh Ellison was the only Inland Empire player to hit better than .286 for the week, collecting five hits in his last 12 at-bats. Jon Nelson supplied much of the team's power, hitting its only two home runs of the week and finishing with a club-best five RBI. Starting pitcher Juan Sandoval moved a win closer to the .500 mark on the season (6-7) by tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-3 win over Lake Elsinore on July 7th. WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS - With losses in seven of their last eight games, the Timber Rattlers continue to hold down last place in the Midwest League's Western Division with a second-half mark of just 6-11. Despite their struggles, the team is just five games out of first place. Nick Orlandos hit an impressive .419 for the week, collecting a team-high 13 hits. Michael Cox clubbed a pair of long balls and finished with eight RBI, while Chris Collins, who hit .381 for the week, went yard once and drove in six. Josh Womack and Adam Jones have combined for just seven hits in their last 49 at-bats. Relief pitcher Casey Abrams was impressive in his three appearances last week, allowing two runs (none earned) over 2 1/3 innings, while fellow relievers Ruben Castillo and Austin Bilke tossed a combined 5 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. EVERETT AQUASOX - At 15-9, the AquaSox have the best record in the Northwest League, but are just one game up on second-place Salem-Keizer in the West Division. The team has lost three of its last four games, to East Division- leading Tri-City, and kicks off a four-game set against visiting Yakima on July 13th. Yung-Chi Chen had a decent week in hitting .320 with six runs scored, while Brent Johnson also hit better than .300 (.316) with six hits in 19 at-bats. As a team, Everett hit just one home run last week, that coming off the bat of Brandon Green who also finished with a club-high six RBI. With respect to the AquaSox pitching staff, Chad Fillinger paced the team with a 1-0 record in two appearances, allowing just two runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Shawn Nottingham was brilliant as usual in his only start of the week, tossing six innings of shutout ball in a 16-4 win over Tri-City on July 7th. Nottingham is now 3-0 on the year with a league-best 0.36 ERA. He has allowed just one run and 14 hits in 24 2/3 innings, striking out 28 along the way.